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Well, the Chicago city council exercised its will yesterday, passing the controversial big-box $10 wage bill by a veto-proof 35 to 14 margin. Previous discussion here on Chicago Carless examined both sides of the issue. Now, as the dust settles and the city holds its collective breath and waits to see whether and when Walmart or Target flee the city for more profitable, suburban pastures, I can’t help but feel an entire side of the debate was, simply, missing.
Several good points were made in the comments thread of Thursday’s post regarding Chicago’s proposed $10 big-box living-wage ordinance that deserve a fuller airing. Voices have been passionate on both sides of this issue, with the Chicago controversy being but a part of a truly national debate. However, the main opposing points are singular enough to summarize: Wal-Mart would bring jobs; but Wal-Mart could also kill local businesses–and so could the proposed ordinance.
Everyone has a right to a living wage. But just what that wage should be–or who should have to pay it–is a debate that has been raging through Chicago’s city council this summer, possibly with disastrous consequences. On July 26, the council will vote on a bill to require big-box retailers doing business within the City of Chicago to pay their employees $10 an hour. Can a law like that be put into practice without workers losing their jobs?